Rights-based approaches to increasing access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Helpdesk Query:

How have rights-based approaches to increasing access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) been measured and enhanced access?

Summary:

This helpdesk report provides an overview of some of the most relevant evidence on rights-based approaches to increasing access to SRHR including how they have been measured and enhanced access where information is available. Section 2 of this report explores the impact of policy changes on accessing rights, and the impact that champions of SRHR within the government can have on the broader population’s access to information and services. Section 3 on improved services includes a programme in Guatemala which increased patients’ capacity to make informed contraceptive choices by reorganising and improving the content of consultations. Section 4 on female-focussed approaches includes a study which found that community-based interventions, particularly where village women provide basic health and family planning counselling to other women, had great success in overcoming barriers to access to contraception. In Section 5, two notable programmes were identified that discussed male-focussed approaches to improving access to SRHR. Section 6 focuses on broader approaches to increasing access to SRHR.

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